Mackenzie House, Toronto

Mackenzie House, Toronto

Built in the 1850s, this gas-lit Georgian style row-house at 82 Bond Street is the Mackenzie House. The place is believed to be haunted by the ghost of the first mayor of Toronto, William Lyon Mackenzie, who in 1820 emigrated from Scotland and published here a political newspaper, “Colonial Advocate.”

Initially, the house functioned as a print shop and was used for Mackenzie's publications. The man lived here, together with his wife Isabel and 13 children, until he passed away in the second floor bedroom in 1861. The property was sold in the 1930s and was to be demolished, had it not be for the concerned citizens who raised enough money to save it. Later, in 1950, the Mackenzie House was renovated, restored by the Toronto Historical Board, and made open to the public as a museum exhibiting glimpses of the Victorian-period life, managed by the Cultural Division of Toronto City and Museum and Heritage Services.

The house was locked for a long period, during which several strange activities were observed making people believe it was haunted. A man whose description matched Mackenzie’s and a long haired woman were seen inside when the house was empty and locked. Some other haunted stories included playing of the antique piano, sounds of operation of the printing press and footsteps. These paranormal activities have been observed and reported, but never properly documented. Either for the chill of mystery or the thrill of history, a visit to the Mackenzie House is a must.

Operating Hours:
Saturday-Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Mackenzie House
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada (See walking tours in Toronto)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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